A STROUD-BASED photography company has been selected to represent the area in a national competition. Five Valleys Photography was picked by the National Portrait Awards to take part in the competition that will support three charities. More than 65 photography studios from across the country have joined forces to support the Dogs Trust, CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and The Lullaby Trust by offering their sessions for free. Ian Sadler from Five Valleys Photography is delighted to be supporting the charities. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help raise the profile of these three worthwhile charities whilst also raising funds for them in a fun way”, said Ian. Within the National Portrait Awards there are three categories, family, child, and pet, each of which have a cash prize of £1000 for the winning entrant. The family competition will be supporting the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity which is thrilled to be receiving both donations and … [Read more...] about Five Valleys Photography to represent Stroud in national competition
BRIGHTON, Bristol, and London are among the top ten destinations in the UK for vegan food lovers - will Stroud be added to the list? A well-known restaurant review website shows that there are nearly 50 restaurants, cafes and bars in the Stroud district offering a tasty selection of meat and dairy-free menu choices. Additionally the top ten vegan restaurants in Gloucestershire feature three from the five valleys. According to The Vegan Society it’s estimated that as of June last year there are over half a million vegans in Great Britain, an impressive 360 per cent increase on the 150,000 people living meat-free a decade before. For all kinds of reasons - health, environmental, animal welfare - the number of people choosing veganism is growing. Locally, we have just had a vegan fair which drew over 1,500 people, and our own football team ground is a meat and diary free zone too. We already have the Fairtrade town of Nailsworth and Stroud is a Bee Guardian town, could … [Read more...] about Comment: A meat-free future for the Five Valleys?
DUE to the heavy rain that has fallen over the last few days, and the heavy rain forecast for the early hours of tomorrow morning, the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the rivers Frome and Cam around the five valleys. The Environment Agency map above shows flood alerts in place around the area As of 8am this morning the River Frome at Chalford was measuring a level of 0.56 metres at Stroud which is expected to rise to 0.6 metres, which is higher than usual for this time of year. The River Levels website shows the stretch of river that is at risk of flooding in Chalford The raised water level has prompted agencies to issue a warning that flooding may be possible, although floodwater is not expected to reach the same levels as the SNJ reported in February, 2016. Two years ago a section of road on Hyde Hill, between Chalford Building Supplies and Heber Ltd, had to be closed while volunteers attempted to clear the floodwater. VIDEO: Section of Hyde Hill in … [Read more...] about Storm Eleanor update: current flood and weather warnings in place around the Stroud valleys
Democracy has remained a frail institution since the inception of the Pakistani state in 1947. In its 66 years of existence, Pakistan has been mostly ruled by military dictatorships - four, to be exact. Despite a number of controversies, the present Pakistani People's Party (PPP) government will be the first in Pakistan to complete its full term in office, which ends on March 16, 2013. Yousuf Raza Gilani took the oath as the 17th prime minister of Pakistan in 2008. He is the first prime minister in Pakistani history to see five budget proposals passed by the House. Pakistan's struggles Gilani's term in office began at a critical time in Pakistan's history. The country was in turmoil from within and without. Rising prices of basic commodities, power shortages and a worsening law and order situation were the main problems affecting both the lives of the common people and the economy. The party itself was in the middle of a leadership vacuum after the assassination of its leader, … [Read more...] about Are five years of democracy enough?
In the green hills of Pakistan's Swat Valley, it's the jirga that rules. Acting as the local council and court, this body's word is law here, and it has traditionally been completely composed of men. Not anymore. These days, 25 women sit on the floor of a small room and discuss child custody issues and other legal and judicial matters. Leading the group is Tabassum Adnan (photo above), a local woman who turned traditional Pakistani gender roles on their head in 2013 by forming the first female jirga in the region. Here the Taliban once held absolute sway and in 2012 shot then 15-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai in the head for being insistent on girls going to school. Adnan said she decided to set up a women's jirga after witnessing the failure of the system of informal justice to protect a local woman. "I have always supported the idea of clemency," Adnan told DW. "A young girl was attacked with acid. When her case was presented to a male jirga, they promised their full support, but … [Read more...] about Women defy local traditions in Pakistan’s Swat Valley